Could you add value to your home?

Posted on Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Thinking about putting your home on the market? You might want to think about how you can add value to your property before you sell it.  

Even if you may stay in your current home for the time being, it’s always worth knowing what sort of home improvements could add value to your home, as well as the projects that are just not worth the time and expense! 

In this blog we look at the most popular ways to add value to your home.

Loft Conversions

Depending on the space you have in your attic, converting your loft space is a great way to add value to your home. It’s one of the easiest ways to get an extra bedroom and bathroom in a property. It’s also relatively cheap. 

A loft conversion is usually considered permitted development so planning permission is not required, but always check before you begin work!  When you consider converting your loft, layouts where the access to the loft is easy and the conversion fits into the scheme and style as the rest of the house add most value to the home.  

Add a Conservatory

This is another relatively cheap and easy way to add square footage to your home. More square footage means more value. Phil Spencer suggests that you can “enhance the feeling of space and flow by installing the same flooring throughout your downstairs living area”. A conservatory, which can cost between £5,000-£30,000 can add around 7% to the value of your property.

Again, it’s best to make the conservatory fit into the style of the rest of your home, with easy access and ‘flow’, as Phil Spencer recommends!

Convert your Garage

Did you know that 90% of British garages don’t contain a car? If you’re one of the 90%, don’t waste that space! Turn it into an extra living area to add even more value. Great home offices, utility rooms and playrooms can be added in this way. Obviously, how you use the room depends on your lifestyle, but leaving it fairly neutral gives potential buyers a lot of scope too. 

Always remember to talk any possible improvements through with an expert (builder, architect or estate agent) for more advice. 

Not all home improvements will necessarily increase the value of your property. This depends on the cost and style of the changes you make. In some cases, however, although the value of your home won’t improve, it’s ability to sell quickly and easily will! Consider any major changes carefully, and don’t forget our friendly teams are always happy to have a chat about the value of your house. 

If you are thinking about selling your property, contact our Reading office on 0118 966 0055 and the Langley office on 01753 593888